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News Article | May 18, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

More than three quarters (78%) of family caregivers pay out-of-pocket to provide care for their loved ones, spending an average of nearly 20% of their annual income in 2016. In dollars, this amounts to roughly $7,000 annually in out-of-pocket costs related to caregiving expenses. Long-distance family caregivers spent even more, averaging nearly $12,000 last year. Many family caregivers dip into savings, cut back on personal spending, save less for retirement, or take out loans to make ends meet. "Support for family caregivers is not a partisan issue—caregiving touches all of our lives," LeaMond added. Across party lines, a strong majority (87%) of likely voters age 50 and older support a tax credit for working family caregivers, according to an AARP poll conducted November 6-8, 2016. The Credit for Caring Act would provide family caregivers who work some financial relief by helping with the cost of services such as in-home care, adult day care, respite care, and other types of support. Specifically, the bill would give eligible family caregivers the opportunity to receive a tax credit for 30% of qualified expenses above $2,000 paid to help a loved one, up to a maximum credit of $3,000. About 40 million family caregivers across the U.S. provide 37 billion hours of unpaid care, valued at an estimated $470 billion annually. By helping older adults and people with disabilities live independently in their homes and communities, these family caregivers also save taxpayer dollars, delaying or preventing more costly nursing home care as well as preventing unnecessary hospital stays. For more information on AARP's advocacy to support family caregivers, visit www.aarp.org/supportcaregivers. AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world's largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/aarp-backs-bipartisan-credit-for-caring-act-300460119.html


News Article | May 18, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

"The bill would have allowed FirstEnergy to unfairly transfer financial burdens from its outdated nuclear plants to customers. Customers would have felt the extra pinch in their wallets for the next 15 years. If FirstEnergy is unable to sell electricity from these plants at market rates, any resulting financial burdens should be borne by its shareholders and creditors who assumed the financial risks of investing in and lending money to FirstEnergy. Not their customers," added Earl Goldhammer, an AARP Ohio Volunteer. AARP has been actively monitoring the use of surcharges and subsidies by utility companies in Ohio and other deregulated states and estimates that since 2000 Ohio utility companies have added $14.67 billion to consumer's bills. For more information about AARP's work in states, go to www.aarp.org AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity of AARP that is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/aarp-ohio-applauds-house-decision-to-end-firstenergy-nuclear-hearings-300460445.html


WASHINGTON, May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AARP today sent a letter to every member of the U.S. Senate urging them to start from scratch on the health care legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week. The letter comes as AARP also begins to inform its...


News Article | May 3, 2017
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WASHINGTON, May 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AARP Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy A. LeaMond sent the following letter today to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives in response to the Upton Amendment to the health care bill, urging them to vote NO on the...


News Article | May 5, 2017
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WASHINGTON, May 5, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AARP announced its support of the bipartisan Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage Family Caregivers Act that would require the development of a national strategy to support family caregivers. The legislation (S. 1028) was...


News Article | May 4, 2017
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"AARP will continue to oppose this bill as it moves to the Senate because it includes an Age Tax on older Americans, eliminates critical protections for those with pre-existing conditions, puts coverage at risk for millions, cuts the life of Medicare, erodes seniors' ability to live independently, and gives sweetheart deals to big drug and insurance companies while doing nothing to lower the cost of prescriptions. "We promised to hold members of Congress accountable for their vote on this bill. True to our promise, AARP is now letting its 38 million members know how their elected Representative voted on this health bill in The Bulletin, a print publication that goes to all of our members, as well as through emails, social media, and other communications." AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name.  As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world's largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/aarp-remains-steadfastly-opposed-to-health-bill-300451896.html


Volunteers and staff leaders of the Mega Seven (M7) regional group represent 142.6 million Americans, according to the most recent Census estimates – just under half of the U.S. population. "This is a critically important time for our nation, particularly for Americans 50 and older and their families. We face challenges around health and wellness, financial resilience and personal fulfillment. Combining and connecting AARP's dedicated volunteers and professional staff leaders from these seven big states in one room accelerates our results as we continue to find innovative, replicable and cost-efficient ways to better fight for and equip older Americans and their families to live their best lives. We have some serious work to do this week, and I know Cleveland is the kind of place where we can get it done right," said Rawle Andrews Jr., AARP Regional Vice President of the Mega 7 region. One topic is uppermost in the minds of AARP leaders that will be gathered in Cleveland – continuing to vocally lead the advocacy and Congressional accountability for affordable health care. Last week the House passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond released a statement with a clear message that "any legislation that imposes an Age Tax, eliminates pre-existing conditions protections, weakens Medicare, erodes seniors' ability to live independently because of billions of dollars in Medicaid cuts, and give sweetheart deals to drug and insurance companies while doing nothing to lower the cost of health care or prescription drugs" would continue to be opposed. On Wednesday evening, May 10, AARP will host a welcome reception and awards presentation for volunteers, community leaders and elected officials at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Among those to be honored are Cleveland Mayor Hon. Frank Jackson, Cuyahoga County Executive Hon. Armond Budish, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Alpha Omega Chapter and Attorney Fred Nance, Global Managing Partner, Squire Patton Boggs US, LLP. "On behalf of nearly 1.5 million AARP members across Ohio, I want to welcome my fellow AARP leaders to Cleveland, a city in which AARP has been working almost from the beginning of our Association," said Barbara Sykes, AARP's Ohio state director. "As Ohio's first city to join the AARP Network of Livable Communities, there could not be a better place for AARP's Mega-State leaders to plan how to engage scores of millions of Americans 50+ in making our communities, states and nation stronger in 2017." For more information about AARP's work in states, go to www.aarp.org. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity of AARP that is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/aarp-brings-largest-states-leaders-to-cleveland-for-leadership-conference-rock--roll-hall-civic-awards-reception-300453542.html


English J.,AARP
Academic Medicine | Year: 2016

Person-centered care, in which an individual patient's goals and preferences are treated as paramount, should be the standard throughout the nation. Achieving this ideal will require a change in the culture of health care, and medical schools can play a vital role in helping achieve it. Lack of communication, uncoordinated services, and dealings with sometimes-aloof clinicians and staff all can increase stress and undermine a person's sense of well-being. In a person-centered system, such experiences would be much less common. The cultural shift starts with the idea of "engaging the consumer" rather than "treating the patient." Such engagement requires honoring individuality. The doctor may have a certain way of doing things. But people vary enormously in their values and priorities. They have different goals, different thresholds of pain, different anxieties, different needs for support, different backgrounds, and different resources to draw on. Individuals should feel empowered, aware of their choices, and connected to their health care providers through meaningful communication and understanding. They deserve to feel that their personal dignity and their wishes are a top priority. They should be made to feel that they, along with their caregivers, are members of the care team. This change will benefit not only patients and families but doctors as well. Doctors will benefit from more insight into the individuals they serve, their interactions with consumers and caregivers will be more positive, and the quality of care will improve. © 2014 by the Association of American Medical Colleges.


Freedman N.D.,U.S. National Institutes of Health | Park Y.,U.S. National Institutes of Health | Abnet C.C.,U.S. National Institutes of Health | Hollenbeck A.R.,AARP | Sinha R.,U.S. National Institutes of Health
New England Journal of Medicine | Year: 2012

BACKGROUND: Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages, but the association between coffee consumption and the risk of death remains unclear. METHODS: We examined the association of coffee drinking with subsequent total and causespecific mortality among 229,119 men and 173,141 women in the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study who were 50 to 71 years of age at baseline. Participants with cancer, heart disease, and stroke were excluded. Coffee consumption was assessed once at baseline. RESULTS: During 5,148,760 person-years of follow-up between 1995 and 2008, a total of 33,731 men and 18,784 women died. In age-adjusted models, the risk of death was increased among coffee drinkers. However, coffee drinkers were also more likely to smoke, and, after adjustment for tobacco-smoking status and other potential confounders, there was a significant inverse association between coffee consumption and mortality. Adjusted hazard ratios for death among men who drank coffee as compared with those who did not were as follows: 0.99 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.95 to 1.04) for drinking less than 1 cup per day, 0.94 (95% CI, 0.90 to 0.99) for 1 cup, 0.90 (95% CI, 0.86 to 0.93) for 2 or 3 cups, 0.88 (95% CI, 0.84 to 0.93) for 4 or 5 cups, and 0.90 (95% CI, 0.85 to 0.96) for 6 or more cups of coffee per day (P<0.001 for trend); the respective hazard ratios among women were 1.01 (95% CI, 0.96 to 1.07), 0.95 (95% CI, 0.90 to 1.01), 0.87 (95% CI, 0.83 to 0.92), 0.84 (95% CI, 0.79 to 0.90), and 0.85 (95% CI, 0.78 to 0.93) (P<0.001 for trend). Inverse associations were observed for deaths due to heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, injuries and accidents, diabetes, and infections, but not for deaths due to cancer. Results were similar in subgroups, including persons who had never smoked and persons who reported very good to excellent health at baseline. CONCLUSIONS: In this large prospective study, coffee consumption was inversely associated with total and cause-specific mortality. Whether this was a causal or associational finding cannot be determined from our data. (Funded by the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics.) Copyright © 2012 Massachusetts Medical Society.


Methods and apparatus for facilitating a change for an individual. The methods and apparatus may include determining a current stage of change for an individual based upon information received about making a change. The methods and apparatus may also include setting up a sounding board to communicate with a select number of individuals to receive feedback and/or advice for facilitating a change.

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